09/11/2008 12:00AM

Sprint suits Cabron much better


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Cabron should appreciate the move back to a sprint when he runs in the feature race at Hastings on Saturday. The 6 1/2-furlong first-level allowance race for 3-year-olds drew nine horses and goes as race 8.

Cabron won a first-level allowance race earlier in the year but Saturday’s race carries a $50,000 claiming option and he has been entered for the price.

Trained by Rob Gilker, Cabron is coming off of a fourth-place finish for this condition going 1 1/16 miles. He set the pace and then tired to finish fourth. Cabron easily won going 6 1/2 furlongs at this level on July 13 before fading badly in the 1 1/16 miles B.C. Cup Stellar’s Jay on Aug. 2. Chad Hoverson rides Cabron.

Snow Moon, who is trained by Mel Snow, finished third to Cabron on July 13, but he has improved since then and appears to be the main threat. In two subsequent starts, Snow Moon just missed to Forest Prince in a $50,000 optional race on July 26 and he was an impressive winner of a $35,000 claiming race on Aug. 16. Forest Prince came back to win his next start and then he just missed to Krazy Koffee in the Richmond Derby Trial. Both Cabron and Snow Moon have good speed and should be forwardly placed during the early stages of the race.

Snow Moon will be ridden by Fernando Perez.

Party of Three is taking a big step up in class but he might be good enough.